Carnegie Corporation of New York: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Carnegie Corporation of New York does not have a grantmaking program dedicated to journalism but awards related grants out of its other priority programs.

IP TAKE: The subject matter for journalism grants from this funder typically revolve around its other areas of grantmaking interest.

PROFILE: The Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) is one of the oldest grantmaking institutions in the United States. Founded in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie, the foundation awards grants “[t]o promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” CCNYs current grantmaking programs include Education, Democracy, International Peace and Security, Higher Education and Research in Africa and Special Projects.

Although Carnegie does not have a grantmaking program specifically dedicated to journalism, it awards a number of related grants through its other programs. For example, the WGBH Educational Foundation received funding for its Nova Science Studio project, which was used to launch a pilot program connecting Boston-area students with science writers and communicators in order to foster student engagement with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions.

CCNY grant amounts vary widely, ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $2.5 million, though most grants fall in the $50,000 to $200,000 range. To learn more about the types of organizations CCNY supports and at what level, explore its excellent grants database.

Carnegie accepts letters of inquiry on an ongoing basis with no formal deadlines. Its website warns, however, that unsolicited grant applications are “rarely funded.”

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